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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. W. STILLWELL, secretary of the Lone Elm Mining and Smelting Company, Joplin, Mo. He is a native of the Empire State but moved when a small boy with his parents to Rock county, Wis., and located on a farm near Janesville. While there young Stillwell engaged in agricultural pursuits and attended the common schools, and subsequently the Janesville high school, obtaining a liberal education. At the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion he enlisted in Company E, Fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Amasa Cobb commanding, and served about four years, participating in the battles of the Peninsula, Manassas, Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Cold Harbor, Wilderness, Fair Oaks, Winchester, besides numerous others of minor importance. He was wounded by a minie ball in an engagement at Golden Farm and again by a piece of bursting shell at Sheridan’s battle of Winchester, and was discharged in the spring of 1865, at Madison, Wisconsin, for wounds received in the battle of Winchester. In the fall of that year he entered the Eastman Business College, Chicago, and graduated from that institution in the spring of 1867. He then engaged as railroad agent and operator at Belvidere, Ill., continuing two years, when he accepted a similar position at Rockford, and remained about three years, then went to Ft. Scott, Kan., and afterward to Columbus and Baxter Springs, engaging in the same business about five years. He next accepted a situation as agent on the Joplin &Girard Railroad, and was soon after made general agent, which position he held until the road was sold in June, 1879, since which time he has remained with the same firm as secretary for the Lone Elm Mining and Smelting Company. Mr. Stillwell was married in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 20, 1867, to Miss Miranda, daughter of Isaac and Miranda Marsh, natives of Indiana. Mr. Stillwell is a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar. They have a pleasant home in West Joplin and are surrounded by a wide circle of friends.

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